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Steaming Mulberry



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Hi,

A friend of mine on Long Island steams the branches right on her stove =
top due to lack of space.

She harvests branches 1/4" to 1/2" in diameter, length cut to stand =
upright in a stainless steel pot, the branches standing ontop of a =
vegetable strainer in the bottom of the pot. She steams them until the =
bark begins to peel away from the inner woody bark then she immediately =
scrapes the fiber off of the dark outer bark. (In steaming, the part =
that makes the paper remains attached to the outer dark bark - a side =
benefit -  you get these gorgeous smooth, sturdy, creamy tan colored =
twigs).

Due to limited space, hands, etc, she's always said she only steams what =
she can scrape that day (that also gave her the best results). She then =
cooks the fiber in soda ash, or baking soda if the fiber is young, for =
1/2 hour to 2 hours, testing often. After a thorough washing, she beats =
the fiber by hand.

In her vat she mixes formation aid which she makes from okra.

She's been making this kind of paper for about 10 years with beautiful =
results.

If you have more questions, please feel free to contact me.=20
(P.S.: she's not on-line but if you had more questions I could ask about =
putting you in touch.)
MCE.
mcedwards@dhproductions.net


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<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2>Hi,</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2>A friend of mine on Long Island =
steams the=20
branches right on her stove top due to lack of space.</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2>She harvests branches 1/4&quot; to =
1/2&quot; in=20
diameter, length cut to stand upright in a stainless steel pot, the =
branches=20
standing ontop of a vegetable strainer in the bottom of the pot. She =
steams them=20
until the bark begins to peel away from the inner woody bark then she=20
immediately scrapes the fiber off of the dark outer bark. (In steaming, =
the part=20
that makes the paper remains attached to the outer dark bark - a side =
benefit=20
-&nbsp; you get these gorgeous smooth, sturdy, creamy tan colored=20
twigs).</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2>Due to limited space, hands, etc, =
she's always=20
said she only steams what she can scrape that day (that also gave her =
the best=20
results). She then cooks the fiber in soda ash, or baking soda if the =
fiber is=20
young, for 1/2 hour to 2 hours, testing often. After a thorough washing, =
she=20
beats the fiber by hand.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=3D2>In her vat she mixes formation aid which she makes =
from=20
okra.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2>She's been making this kind of paper =
for about=20
10 years with beautiful results.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2>If you have more questions, please =
feel free to=20
contact me. </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2></FONT><FONT size=3D2>(P.S.: she's =
not on-line but=20
if you had more questions I could ask about putting you in =
touch.)</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=3D#000000 size=3D2>MCE.</FONT></DIV>
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href=3D"mailto:mcedwards@dhproductions.net">mcedwards@dhproductions.net</=
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